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Prey : Astray

Prey is a young Dutch band that plays "HeartFelt" music, as they call it at their website. In this case, that means emotional rock/metal with a touch of goth. And heartfelt it is indeed, as can be garnered from the lyrics and often intense clean vocals by Roeland.

The music on this nicely presented demo CD holds the middle ground between a heavier kind of rock and metal. Often it does not reach the intensity of the latter because of the production. Personally, I think a bit more heaviness, especially in the guitar department, wouldn't have hurt this release. The production also tones down the vocals a bit too much. As it is, Roeland's singing, especially in the more intense parts, sound a bit too forced, and I think that is more because of a thin production than because of him - I believe he has a powerful emotional voice that is very appropriate for this kind of music.

Of the tracks, only the second track, 'Astray', really convinces me. While none of the three tracks score highly in the originality department, the title track is incredibly catchy, and just flows the best. I can imagine tracks like this one will do well live.

So, this is a nice demo, with a clear but somewhat thin production, from a promising young band. While there is a lot to be improved upon, I'm sure a little dedication will take these guys and girl a long way. Until then, this demo is worth checking out for fans of emotional rock in the vein of younger Anathema, or perhaps a band like Unsilence.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Foetal
2. Astray
3. For You

Duration : Approx. 16 minutes

Visit the Prey bandpage.

Reviewed on 17-11-2007 by Oscar Strik
Forever Autumn
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